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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

May 2, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND

A Republican activist is suing Rhode Island lottery officials over the state’s legalization and launch of sports betting without first seeking voter approval. SENT: 340 words.

SCHOOL LUNCH

Is white bread about to make a comeback on school lunch menus? After complaints of gritty macaroni and cardboard pizza crusts, the Trump administration rolled back a rule that required foods like pasta and bread be made with whole grains. The cafeteria directors who lobbied for the change say they just want greater flexibility to serve foods like white bread _ which are more processed and have less fiber _ when whole grains don’t work. SENT: 900 words, photos.

With BC-US-MED--School Lunch-States

OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA

Federal appeals judges hear arguments on whether data on prescription opioid drugs should be made public. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EARNS-DUNKIN BRANDS: Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. on Thursday reported first quarter net income of $52.3 million. On a per-share basis, the Canton, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of 63 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 67 cents per share. SENT.

_ SUPERMARKET WORKERS STRIKE: Unionized supermarket workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have ratified a new contract that came out of an 11-day strike at New England’s biggest grocery chain. SENT.

_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: The utility blamed for the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last September now says the potential financial costs of the disaster have jumped to more than $1.6 billion, and could go higher. SENT.

_ PRISON DRUG SMUGGLING: A former Massachusetts prison guard has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle drugs he intended to sell to inmates into the facility where he worked. SENT.

_ BOSTON SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: The Boston School Committee has selected former Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius to be the system’s next superintendent. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is creating a new vessel speed restriction zone off Massachusetts to try to protect rare whales. SENT.

SPORTS

CELTICS-AINGE-HEART ATTACK

Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge has had a mild heart attack and is expected to make a full recovery. The team said in a statement Thursday the 60-year-old executive received immediate medical attention Tuesday night in Milwaukee, where the Celtics were facing the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. Ainge is returning to Boston. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Boston Bruins will try to pull even with the Columbus Blue jackets in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blue Jackets lead the series 2-1. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-WHITE SOX

The Boston Red Sox eye their fourth straight win when they open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. David Price pitches for the defending World Series champions, coming off a three-game sweep against Oakland. Chicago’s Lucas Giolito makes his first start since April 17. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.

WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY FUTURE

More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words.

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